Pandemic hospitalizations decline in recent Manitoba report
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Fewer Manitobans were admitted to hospital with COVID-19 last week, as the province’s pandemic death toll inched upward.
According to the province’s weekly surveillance report, severe outcomes associated with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus decreased compared to the week prior.
Between July 10 and 16, Manitoba reported two COVID-19 deaths, two admissions to intensive care, and 52 hospital admissions.
One week prior, Manitoba reported a total of 59 people admitted to hospital with COVID-19, including seven to intensive care.
The number of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases also fell to 117 from 229, and the test positivity rate dropped to 13.9 per cent from 14.8 per cent.
The province’s COVID-19 death toll increased by three. Since COVID-19 cases are no longer reported directly to public health, officials say delays in reporting deaths are to be expected.
A total of 2,056 Manitobans have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Wastewater monitoring data published by the federal government show SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) levels in samples collected at Winnipeg’s north end sewage treatment plant were on the rise in early July.
However, viral levels were trending downward as of July 14. At Winnipeg’s south and west end sewage treatment plants, viral levels had plateaued as of July 14, based on federal data.
On Wednesday, chief provincial public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said the BA.5 Omicron sub-variant currently accounts for half of Manitoba’s lab-confirmed and genetically sequenced COVID-19 cases.
Sequencing shows 50 per cent of cases are BA.5, and that number is expected to climb.
Transmission of the virus is also expected to increase and Manitobans could see “a return to stronger recommendations” for wearing a mask in indoor public places this fall, Roussin said.